School is officially back in session next week and that means increased traffic as children and parents return to school zones. North Vancouver RCMP officers will also be back out as usual in full force, patrolling the school zones and crosswalks to ensure safety for all.
The North Vancouver RCMP is reminding drivers that 30 km/hr speed limits are in effect in school zones from 8 am to 5 pm during school days, and in playground zones from dawn to dusk every day.
“Children are returning to classes all across our community, and that means school zones will be full of students during the morning and afternoon commute,” said Cpl. Denis Beaulieu of the North Vancouver RCMP Traffic unit. “We’re reminding everyone that school zone speed limits are back in effect, and asking drivers to be especially alert for school children along their route.”
According to ICBC, distracted driving is a leading cause of injury and death, said Cpl. Beaulieu. North Vancouver officers will be watching for speeders, distracted drivers, and those who violate crosswalk rules.
Common back-to-school related offences under the BC Motor Vehicle Act include:
Speed in school zone or playground zone: $196 (add in graduated fine amounts listed as well, ie., over 20 km/h over, 40km/h over, etc.)
Fail to obey school guard or school patrol: $167
Fail to stop for School Bus: $368
Fail to yield to pedestrian at crosswalk: $167
Fail to obey stop sign: $167